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Techniques to Keep the Creative Juices Flowing in the Workplace

Executive Coaching in Perth EncourageCreativity in the Workplace

If you have experienced our executive coaching or any of the leadership development courses at our Perth campus, you already know that we value creativity and that we see all personnel from entry-level employees to CEO’s as potential sources of productive ideas.

When we give on-site corporate presentations, we often notice that creativity has been stifled. Our experience has been that many companies accidentally create an environment that intimidates employees and makes them afraid to offer any ideas for fear of being reprimanded or replaced.

The Fear of Change

Many organisations favour a conservative approach to business. While this can provide dividends, it can also stifle creativity. Many businesses don’t like to utilise creativity or take risks because nobody wants to be the person who was creative but failed on the big stage.

Here are a few ways to encourage creativity at all levels of your workplace.

Borrowed Perspectives

Brainstorm an issue. Then, ask how a selected famous person would solve the problem. This person can be a giant in the industry being discussed, a business guru or an “out of the box” choice. For example, we often ask what Ken Wilber, the creator of integral theory, would do.

Opposites Attract Solutions

Describe a conventional approach, then brainstorm approaches that are the opposite of what everyone else is doing. They might not be your eventual solution, but the process unlocks creative thinking and you might find an alternative fix.

Raising the Question

Change one important problem into a question; make sure you are asking about the problem and not the effects. Then, create a focus group consisting of a diverse cross-section of your firm and have them brainstorm the question.

Hire for “Intangibles”

Most firms hire the person with the best resume or the best “look.” Try hiring a few people based on their enthusiasm and their ability to “think on their feet.”

Change Your Culture

Develop a culture that nurtures and supports creativity and bravery. Encourage employees to take risks if they take them for the right reasons and reward employees who take risks, even if they don’t work out. Be sure to celebrate those risks that do work.

Let Professionals Show You How

Call Integral Development today: (08) 9242 8122. We offer executive coaching and leadership development training that can help you unleash your creativity.

Ron Cacioppe

Ron Cacioppe is the Managing Director of Integral Development and holds a BSc, an MBA and a PhD. He has taught in the Graduate School of Management at Macquarie University, Curtin University and the University of Western Australia.

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